Seventh European Social Science History Conference, Oral History and Life Stories Network Call
Seventh European Social Science History Conference
27 February – 1 March 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
Oral History and Life Stories Network
Call for Papers:
Negotiating the Truth of Memory
The European Social Science History Conference has been held biannually since 1996. The Oral History and Life Stories network has met at each conference since 1998, and interest in it has been steadily rising. In 2004, some seventy participants gathered at the network sessions. In 2006, the network hosted seventeen sessions. With the International Oral History Association conference now meeting every other time outside Europe (Rio in 1998, Turkey in 2000, South Africa in 2002, Rome in 2004, Australia in 2006, Mexico 2008), the network has become the major regular international forum for European oral history and life story researchers.
We invite proposals for the University of Lisbon conference on 27 February – 1 March 2008 both for individual papers and for entire sessions. Sessions can have various formats: panels, round table discussions, presentations in other media followed by discussion.
We wish to encourage reflection and discussions on the ways memory works and the ways it is used; how truth can be interpreted through the story and through memory, how to discern truth from fantasy, how we remember for the future, and through which other mediums we express memory. We invite contributions discussing conceptual and methodological issues related to memory, employing different concepts of memory based on oral sources and/or personal accounts.
We would welcome proposals addressing the following issues:
• Oral history as testimony; memory and reconciliation;
• Fantasy, dreams, and narrative; the truth of lies;
• Memory, body, and emotions;
• Memory and ageing; memory across time;
• Trauma and negotiating memory;
• The voice in oral history;
• How to deal with translating transcripts;
• Remembering for the future: secondary analysis in oral history;
• Recording and interpreting audiovisual history;
• Oral history on the web: presentation and dissemination
Please send your proposals to both Nanci Adler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Daniela Koleva (email@example.com). Upon submission, you also have to pre-register on the conference website http://www.iisg.nl/esshc where more general conference information is available.
The deadline for sending your abstract is 1 April 2007.
The Network Committee advising on the 2008 ESSHC includes:
Nanci Adler firstname.lastname@example.org Network Co-Chair
Timothy Ashplant T.G.Ashplant@livjm.ac.uk
Joanna Bornat email@example.com
Gerhard Botz firstname.lastname@example.org
Ela Hornung email@example.com,
Daniela Koleva firstname.lastname@example.org Network Co-Chair
Selma Leydesdorff email@example.com
Hugo Manson firstname.lastname@example.org,
Graham Smith Graham.Smith@sheffield.ac.uk
Penny Summerfield email@example.com
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